Major telecoms carriers AT&T and Verizon, payment providers Capital One and MasterCard, along with industry analysts Yankee Group and Strategy Analytics will all be present giving their varied expertise at the mobile payments event and conference at Apps World North America, on February 7-8 at Moscone Center West, San Francisco.
There’s a huge race on for mind and market share in the mobile payments space, with banks, operators, platform owners and card issuers all fighting for a piece of the action.
The one-day mobile payments event will be of interest to anyone looking to incorporate a payments solution, in both the enterprise and consumer spheres.
Highlights of the first day’s track will include a panel on understanding the market opportunity and challenges for payment acceptance apps lead by CreditCall‘s Sian Bosley with expert contribution from MasterCard, PayPal and Intuit.
Other must-see discussions include Michael De Jongh, mobile billing and content at MACH, examining the threat of OTT players in mobile payments; Jeppe Dorff, head of transaction services at Rogers Communications, looking at challenges with implementing NFC infrastructure; and a panel on the overall mobile payment ecosystem featuring contributions from representatives of Wells Fargo, AT&T Mobility and Verizon among others.
To find out on how to register for the mobile payments event at Apps World please click here.
One billion downloads in the past three months and one week.
Apple announced Tuesday that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by iPhone and iPod touch users worldwide.
“Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months–this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”
The news comes nine months after it hit 1 billion downloads, with the second billion taking a further six months.
When the 2 billion mark was reached, Apple also announced that 85 000 apps were available in the App Store at the time. This time, the company chose to stick to download numbers only.
However, in November 2009, Apple did say that 100 000 apps were published to the store.
The Social Shindig party, the official networking party of Social Media World Forum will be taking place on the middle evening of the event.All conference pass delegates are invited to head over to the Archangel venue situated opposite the Kensington Royal Garden Hotel. The venue is a10 min walk from Olympia & The Hilton Olympia Hotel – the official event hotel and 5 m ins from High Street Kensington Tube Station.
In true party style, a free bar will run at the start of the evening with the added feature of an ice luge – perfect touch for some chilled networking at the end of an action packed day. (more…)
Social TV is buzzing in the US, but what is it and what does it mean for the UK? One of the more social uses of TV in the UK many years ago were basic multiplayer interactive TV games like those offered by PlayJam that allowed a few people to participate at the same time or on different devices like those offered by gameplay. Sms to the TV screen and formats like Idol which have increased the level of audience participation and influence over the years continues to gain momentum. News programmes using video captured on mobile phones enabled citizens to participate in journalism and has become an accepted practice. Overlays of sms interaction like AQA’s Mr. Know it All on MTV became common amongst channels targeting younger audiences.
Mobile Social Media Conference – Examining Social Widgets, Application Stores and Mobile Social Networking
Mobile Social Media (www.mobilesocial-networking.com) taking place at Olympia on the 15th March will focus on the latest developments being made in Social Media and mobile devices.
Topics being addressed are: How far has the Mobile Social Networking market come in the last year? Mobile Internet and Social Networks – a perfect marriage, Monetising your mobile offering and Mobile multimedia 2.0: Developing the ultimate handset.
Key Speakers include: